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Anger and the Loss of Hope

Dead Reckoning board member Erick Erickson recently came under fire for dis-inviting Donald Trump to his annual, high-profile Red State Gathering event. He chronicles a need to re-calibrate here due to the hatred and vile wishes unleashed upon him. I suggest reading it. The visceral language and hate-filled statements remind me of a time when Brian and I came under fire from the gay (mafia) lobby for having Katy Faust on our show. The same kind of speech filled our internet streams (we edited the extremely offensive ones). I’m not easily shocked by much, but it was shocking.

Reading Erick’s comments, though, my thoughts turn to a slightly different perspective. As with all things around emotions, anger is usually indicative of something much deeper in the heart. And that leads me to two thoughts:

Which brings me to my second thought, we (Christians) need to replace that hope with something greater. I won’t be bashful in saying it needs to be the Gospel: the message that we are all eternally hopeless and all our attempts at filling that hope with everything except Jesus Christ are going to come up empty and as a result leave us angry. But this isn’t some simple platitude, it’s how, when meeting Jesus, our lives are utterly rearranged beyond our comprehension. Why else is the Christian life marked by self-sacrifice and love for our neighbors?

The result, in the case of culture, is that we’re able to take the most qualified, yet imperfect candidate because our hope is not looking for a savior in the system, but a Savior in Jesus Christ. In the case of personal living, we’re free to be challenged and even lose our hope in sexual identity, financial means, or personal ideology because we don’t need to save ourselves from our guilt, doubt and hopelessness. Jesus Christ saves us from those.

If you’re angry at the political establishment, if you’re angry that someone is challenging your sexual ideology, if you’re angry that life just isn’t going your way, ask yourself, “who and what am I placing my faith and hope in, and is it really fulfilling?” There is a better way.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5 ESV)

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